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Headfirst? Stanford Camp? Unsure

AcademicsFirst ·
There is so much experience here on these boards, I just wanted to see what people thought who have gone through the process before.     My 2015 LHP has a 4.35 weighted and a 4.O unweighted GPA.  He just took the SAT in January and...
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D3 Baseball.com has released its Midwest regional preview

BishopLeftiesDad ·
D3 Baseball.com has released its Midwest regional preview. http://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2013/01/Midwest_Preview 
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D3 Season Preview Mid East reagion

BishopLeftiesDad ·
Mid east region preview has been released by D3 Baseball. http://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2013/01/Mideast_Preview 
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D3 Baseball New York region Preview is out.

BishopLeftiesDad ·
D3 baseball .com has published there final preview for the season. This weeks region is New York.http://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2013/01/NewYork_Preview
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2015 LHP D2/D3 Options

AcademicsFirst ·
My son is a current LHP sophomore and plays on his HS JV team.  The HS is a Div 1 4a school that was in the CIF semi finals last year and plays in a very competitive league and schedules always schedules top CA teams ( Orange Lutheran, Harvard...
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Best showcases for Canadian catcher

John S ·
Hi folks -- We're based in Toronto (so not in the HS baseball mainstream), and my son is a catcher in his junior year who is aspiring to play U.S. college baseball. We'd like to attend one or two showcases this summer, and are just wondering if any of you could recommend what our best choice(s) might be. My son would like to study sports management, and we're targeting a variety of D1, D2, D3 and NAIA schools. What showcase would give us the best bang for the buck? Thanks very much for your ...
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2018 D3 Brackets

old_school ·
If you have a kid playing or are just a fan or Alum of a D3 school you are already aware of the 2 week frenzy that are the conference tournaments. Last night about midnight the NCAA posted the teams and brackets for this years road to Appleton. https://www.ncaa.com/news/baseball/article/2018-05-14/2018-ncaa-division-iii-baseball-championship-selections-announced There will be all the typical madness that goes along with the 8 regionals being played simultaneously. There will be some great...
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Advice for a Freshman

BLUD15 ·
Hey Y'all, I just graduated high school and am currently preparing for my freshman year of college. I'll be playing at D3 school in TX. If y'all have any advice for me about adapting to the college environment or really anything to do with college, please share!! Thank in advance!
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Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

2020Prospect ·
My son recently committed to a high academic D3 school. He's very excited about both the academics and the baseball program, however this is one of those schools that does not have "slots" for athletes. He has to get past admissions, and the school is extremely selective. I don't believe the coaches would have recruited him if he didn't have a chance, but it's far from a sure thing. His pre-read was not a slam dunk, but also not a "no". He'll be applying early decision, and that leads to my...
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Gold standard for D3 field/facilities

Wechson ·
Curious what the thoughts are here. Clearly one of the trade off for D3 is that the fields and facilities can be closer to high school than what we think of as next level. I've seen a few top D3 programs where I was surprised at just how bare bones the field/facilities were. Obviously the school isn't bringing in any revenue for the program, but some of the schools I'm talking about have massive tuitions so a bit surprising that the field/facilities aren't more impressive. Of those I've seen...
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2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
I have little to no context of skill or coaching as a player in the United Kingdom, as the baseball infrastructure here is severely lacking. I'm 6'0, 175lb, with a hand-timed record pop time of 2.05. I try and self-coach as much as possible when practices are few and far between, emulating players on Instagram and YouTube. I've played international baseball with Team GB, which is probably at the same level as US high school, and I have a career average in those tournaments of .445. I will be...
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D3 Bids to the CWS

BishopLeftiesDad ·
There has been a lot of questions about different D3 teams lately and one school over another. Many stating that there player wanted to be on a competitive team. Since 2014 the number of bids have been somehwere around 56 teams. If you are interested in playing into the regionals and CWS, you need to understand how teams get those bids. There are three pools: A- Conferences that have 7 or more teams get an automatic bid. Some of these conferences have tourneys to decide others decide using...
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RJM ·
Get to all your classes other than ones you miss due to baseball. Do all your homework and reading on schedule. Most majors aren't that hard if you keep up. It can be a bear if you fall behind.
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Re: Advice for a Freshman

PlayWithEffort ·
Arrive on campus in the fall in the best shape of your life.
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Re: Advice for a Freshman

FoxDad ·
If your coach hasn't done so already, prepare a workout plan for the summer. You'll want to be in the best physical shape when you arrive on campus. The fall practices are basically the tryouts for the spring squad. And as mentioned, keep up on your school work. Once you fall behind it is difficult to catch up. Be ready for long days. My son's days started at 5 am for a 5:30 am work out, classes until 2 pm, then practice from 3-6 pm (sometimes later). Then dinner and any homework. In bed by...
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Re: Advice for a Freshman

cabbagedad ·
If you are like most, there will be a lot of "firsts" when it comes to making your own decisions. You decide whether to go to class or not, whether to wake up or not, whether to party or not, whether to put the extra work in, whether to study sufficiently, whether to have a positive approach to things, whether to make right choices, etc., etc. Often, given the option for the first time, young men make a lot of the wrong choices. My advice would be to go into this determined to make the right...
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Re: Advice for a Freshman

joes87 ·
Here is some advice based on my college track career. Admittedly it was 25+ years ago, but I think it probably still holds true. Class, class, class. Make sure you are attending class and keeping up with assignments. Its so easy in college to start to blow off class and assignments. I know right now your saying, yea no problem, but its tough to get to that 7pm class after having practice and weight room until 6pm. This needs to be you number 1 priority. Many schools will have...
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Re: Advice for a Freshman

3and2Fastball ·
You cannot assume that you will show up in the Fall and have a spot on the roster. As other have said , you need to show up in the best shape of your life, prepared to battle for a roster spot and battle for playing time. Many D3's will have 50-75 players in the Fall, with just 35 roster spots available. And keep in mind that the coaches are out scouting this entire summer, looking for players to replace you in your Sophomore season.
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FoxDad ·
Yep - son's first day at practice had 53 players show up (D2 JuCo). They eventually self cut to 35 (grades, medical-health, disillusionment) by the spring season.
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Trust In Him ·
I want to add to the above comments on being in the best shape of your life. Talk to your trainer or a nutritionist and find out the proper things to eat. It's easy to slack off a bit now since just graduated, a few months until college begins, you want to sleep in, relax, etc. Now is the time to develop good habits thus when college starts you can step right in and feel comfortable knowing your body and mind is where it is supposed to be. Proper nutrition and sleep will help build body mass...
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Suds ·
Be VERY proactive in reaching out to your professors about you being an athlete. Learn which teachers are willing to work with you and which ones are more difficult.
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Re: Advice for a Freshman

CaCO3Girl ·
1. Stay with your laundry, unless you bring it home to wash. Can't tell you how many people had shirts go missing. 2. Bring a microwave, I spent many nights in the student lounge studying and being able to make a bowl of soup or popcorn was a life saver. 3. Bring Shower Shoes, foot fungus is no joke! 4. Block out your study time. You may only have Monday night to study for your test on Friday. I would spend most of Monday making up half note cards with a key sentence on one side with a key...
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Re: Advice for a Freshman

Catch1721 ·
You've seen tremendous advice thus far on the academic and athletic side. Don't forget about the social side, which has derailed more athletic careers than anything. Make good decisions, have fun but always stay in complete control of your actions. Earn respect by taking care of business in the classroom and on the field, not by being the life of the party. Align yourself with the upperclassmen that have taken this route and follow suit. Good luck.
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gunner34 ·
your ready you even have the lingo down. good luck
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

adbono ·
I would attend the event and explain the circumstances to anybody that expressed interest. IMO he really isn’t committed.
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

cabbagedad ·
Same thought... actually, I never fully understood the idea of committing to a D3 school where you are not academically accepted yet. The wise advice always given here is to keep the foot on the pedal until there is a reasonable level of certainty (even then, keep doors and communication lines open). Your description of his status is far from that... "... this is one of those schools that does not have "slots" for athletes. He has to get past admissions, and the school is extremely...
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

Twoboys ·
Cabbage Dad just my 2cents but here goes just 1 reason to "commit" -- if a player has multiple offers of admission support for a D3 (even those very few elite hA without slots), they can only ED to one school (true for any ED school whether D1 or D3). You can apply internationally, to military academies I believe and also to state universities. So once the player opts to apply ED to their top choice, they let the other schools know they have made a choice and those other offers tend to go...
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

JCG ·
I'm mostly inline with 2Boys, but I can see a tiny bit of wiggle room. First of all you have to apply for the All Academic game tryout, and to submit that with incorrect info would not be an honest choice or fair to other applicants. To Adbono's point, a commitment to a D3 college _is_ a commitment, once the ED app is in. You're signing a contract that says you will attend that school if admitted (absent some limited mitigation circumstances.) But that said, if ED app is not in, and taking...
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

cabbagedad ·
Thanks guys, very informative. I learned some things. Still, it seems that this player is not yet to the point where it wouldn't make sense to keep opening doors as backup. And, I'm not sure why the coach at school A would be upset if the acceptance is far from a sure thing.
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

MKbaseballdad ·
We use the word "committed" for D3 recruiting but I don't think the players are committed until the school officially accepts them when their ED decisions go out in Dec. Submitting an application ED does not mean the student/player has to withdraw all other applications - that does not have to happen until they are accepted by their ED school (I googled just to be sure). Non-baseball playing students are allowed to submit applications to additional schools as back-up in case they are not...
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

PABaseball ·
What would be the point of going and communicating with new schools? To let them know you'd love for them to be a backup option? If he doesn't get in he can always apply to other schools, explain the situation and show up the first day of tryouts. If you're good enough they'll keep you, they don't have scholarship guys to account for. Recruiting means the least at the D3 level, your game determines your role, not so much the commitment you made. That being said, unless travel and all that is...
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

cabbagedad ·
I am again probably showing my relative ignorance with D3 as I certainly have more direct experience with the other levels. Still, I have had a fair number of players from our program end up going D3. Most of those players still considered baseball to be a very big part of the equation. Again, the OP says acceptance is far from a sure thing. With recruiting at other levels, coaches generally would be more than happy to take a drop down should things not work out at the player's first choice.
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

anotherparent ·
So the real question is, did your son have more options before he committed to this one school for ED? And if so, what were those options? With extremely selective schools, ED is almost a necessity for admission (and even then doesn't always work); so, backups need either to be schools with ED2 where coaches can give support, or schools where he could be admitted RD without official coach support. Only you know if such schools are out there. At that point it will depend on how good his...
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

smokeminside ·
Keep your foot on the gas. Did your son go the classic and academic game as a junior? Then you know that that tryout is a meat market, and the senior event may be even more crowded. If you're worried about your son being accepted ED, then go. A coach at a school with no slots will understand your concern. I'd also let other coaches know your kid is gonna be there. Maybe he lights it up and some other school he actually likes takes a shine to him and piques his interest. People have the right...
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Re: Senior All-Academic Tryout / Arizona Fall Classic

fenwaysouth ·
You've submitted a pre-read in good faith. Your son will be submitting an ED application in good faith, yet there are no guarantees by admissions or the coach your son will be admitted. The risk is all on your son, and for this reason I would attend the showcase for the purposes of possible RD application to another school. You are dealing with a process where the outcomes are not always positive. My son kept in communication with some schools after he committed and applied ED to a D1 HA...
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fishnsail ·
I think it is better to keep all options open , as you never know what can transpire. Especially if you are close to the event. It is a cool event. We had "almost" commited last year at this time but still went. My son wanted to keep his options open. He made the academic game(pitcher) last year after being extremely dissapointed as a junior and not making it. If you make the all academic game there are a lot of HA D3 schools as well as D2 and many D1. We had a lot of contacts at the event...
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Re: D3 Bids to the CWS

Al Pal ·
The pools have always confused me. Thanks so much for posting. There is not much about D-3 that is straight-forward!
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BOF ·
Thanks BLD, great explanation. This was maddening to me early on when my son started playing D3 ball on a very competitive national team. We would get stuck in a Regional with 3-4 top ten nationally ranked teams and they were arguably the second best team in the country a couple of years ago and were left at home because they ran into the best team in the country in their Regional. You just never saw this in D1 ball where they would seed Regionals nationally, which they do not do in D3 ball.
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Re: D3 Bids to the CWS

SluggerDad ·
Though some bad teams make it through and some very good teams stay home, people should know that the D3 teams that REGULARLY go deep into the regionals and possibly beyond are really very competitive. We're talking about a very high level of college baseball. Though I wouldn't compare such teams to teams that go deep at the D1 level, we are still talking some very serious ball. You shouldn't think of playing for teams of that caliber as an easy thing to pull off.
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

Midwest Mom ·
Ben, I'm not an expert on high-academic D1/D3 catching stats (my son is a 2019 1B/RHP/3B), but others here have Ivy and D3 experience and great perspective, like BucsFan, 9and7Dad, Gov and others (you can always private message if they don't respond here). I will say that I'm really impressed you have this goal and that you're reaching out here to ask. I'd suggest that you send some video to coaches at the schools you're interested in now if you haven't. Also, have you filled out the...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

JCG ·
Ben, if you do send video try to make a really tight edit with nothing but simulated game reps and/or game action focused on you. A recruiting video should be 2-3 minutes, top. I tried watching some of your videos but honestly there wasn't enough going on. Your situation is a challenge but if you could shoot on ball field not a soccer pitch that would be good. You're doing the right thing going to Head First. Don't know about the Swarthmore camp, but it's a great school, so why not,...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

cabbagedad ·
Hi Ben, Welcome to the site. Thanks for sharing your videos. It would be interesting to see a few hitting videos. Regarding defense/catching - I want to give you honest feedback, positive and negative... You have some interesting physical tools and a good build but catching mechanics are still raw and very much a work in progress. I like your quick release and decent athleticism. But most of your throws, you spin off/fall off too much. Your feet are reasonably quick but they are often going...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
Hi MidWestMom, thanks for the reply. I've filled out the recruiting questionnaire for my ED, Swarthmore, and I'm in the process of contacting coaches from the rest of my shortlist. I have family in Oregon, and I've attended the Oregon State overnight camp for the last two years, and am planning on doing so again this year. This website has some great resources, and I've sort of lurked in the shadows for the past few months haha.
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
Hi JGC, I haven't sent any video or edited anything yet. That video on my Drive is what I've been taking to evaluate myself and try and improve. It's still below freezing here in London for most practices, so the field is out of commission until April 8th. My club ball coach, a Dartmouth grad who holds single season records for hits and runs scored, has told me as an international student I need to send two emails where everyone else would send one, just to maintain interest and recruitment...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
Hi CabbageDad, thanks for the response. That's very useful feedback, I'll incorporate it into my training. I'm a regular at my school weight room, and I'm actively trying to make myself more of a physical specimen with good projection. At this time, I'm throwing long toss into a net in my back garden most days. At this point, Ivies are mostly a second option, and to be honest, if I had offers from my favourite D3 as well as Harvard, I'd take the D3. Some hitting video should be up on the...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

#1 Assistant Coach ·
Ben, HCs at D3s Vassar (NY state) and Pomona (SoCal) both played ball post college in Europe. They might be interested in learning more about you. Top academic D3s, both with solid programs. PM me for more specifics or names and email addresses if you need.
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

joes87 ·
Ben, are you an American playing in England or are you British. Not that it matters in the end, but I am going to give an example of a German player who came to the states and successfully made it into college ball. Depending on your situation it maybe helpful to you. My sons sophomore year in HS a player transferred in from Germany. He was a pitcher. Its tough to compare skill levels to what I have seen on your videos, but he was big and athletic. Similar to what I saw in your videos. His...
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

JCG ·
You are looking at 2 great schools. Swarthmore's campus is so beautiful, and it will be just cold and wet enough to remind you of London sometimes. Pomona's campus is wonderful too but walking around in tee shirts and shorts all winter might make you homesick. Good luck!
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
joes87, I'm an American citizen living in London for the last 14 of 17 years. I can't foresee myself transferring to a US high school, or attending a JuCo, but I have considered a gap year in the past. My intended major would be Political Science, and I have some contacts in Oregon politics, so working on a congressional campaign during 2019/2020 is a possibility, and would really strengthen my application. At the same time I could be seeking coaching on my catching and working on my physique.
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Re: 2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
There's video of me hitting on the google drive now, if you're interested.
 
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